Sunday, January 26, 2020

1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2

The Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ (Tubolare Zagato) was a sports car and racing car manufactured by Alfa Romeo from 1963 to 1967. The car debuted at the 1963 FISA Monza Cup, where TZs took the first four places in the prototype category.

At the beginning of 1964 the TZ was homologated (100 units were needed for homologation) to the Gran Turismo category. After homologation it took many class wins in Europe and North-America. 112 TZ units were built between 1963 and 1965.
In 1965 the car was updated with new fiberglass bodywork providing lower drag and reduced weight of 620 kg (1,370 lb). This new version was also bodied by Zagato masters. The new design was called the TZ2. The TZ2 was only built as a racing version.

A total of 12 TZ2s were built.
TZ2 engines were DOHC Inline-4 four which produced 170bhp at 7500rpm. They were good for 160 mph. The racing career of the ‘mini Ferrari GTO’ was brief, but very successful. In 1966 the car ran in five international events, of which it took five first class wins.
Collectors covet all Alfa Romeo race cars and none more than the TZ2. In 1972 an example was offered for $6,750. Today if they change hands at all that number would be closer to $ 3m.

Hagerty suggests the number is $ 3.4m for a concours quality TZ2.